THE LAKES OF JUNE LAKE
There are four lakes that are a part of "June Lake". They are all located in the center of the loop which is the main road that circles the entire town.
June Lake has four lakes in the loop and several other lakes in
the surrounding canyons along with rivers and streams. These water
havens are filled with both natural and stocked hard-fighting and
trophy-sized Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, and Brown
Trout. Fly-fishing is popular on the lakes and is a favorite along
Rush Creek. Some of the other local fishing spots include: June
Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake, Grant Lake, Walker Lake, Parker Lake,
Reverse Creek and Rush Creek.
June Lake lies two miles west from the south junction of U.S. Highway
395 with California State Route 158. The view from the end of the
lake at "Oh! Ridge" campground is most photogenic, and the subject
of thousands of snapshots. At the other end of the lake lies the
main village and business district of the community of June Lake,
California. Often described as "quaint," downtown June Lake offers
a number of lodges, shops, restaurants and taverns.
The lake itself is approximately one mile long and a half-mile
wide, and is served by two marinas, where you may rent a fishing
boat or launch your own. June Lake can also be ideal for sailing
and sail boarding. At the northeast end is a swimming and sunbathing
beach, which is popular in the summer months, and there are campgrounds
and RV parks surrounding the lake as well as in town.
Gull Lake is a favorite of many anglers as it consistently yields
good-sized trout. A healthy population of crayfish and a few small
Sacramento perch reside in the lake as well. Gull Lake is the second
in the chain of four mountain lakes comprising the June Lake Loop,
and the smallest in size. The downtown community and main business
district of June Lake, California is situated primarily between
June Lake and Gull Lake, with many properties and sites offering
a commanding view. The shores of Gull Lake host a boat landing,
a community park and center with playground and tennis courts and
a campground, which arguably features the best campsites anywhere
in the area. The "Fisherman Trail" extends along the west end of
the lake, between the campground entrance and the Gull Meadows walk-on
boat loading dock.
Silver Lake is nestled deep within the heart of the Sierra Nevada
at the base of Carson Peak, just below the confluence of Reverse
Creek with Rush Creek. California Route 158 traverses along the
eastern shore, while a row of fine summer homes and cabins lies
across the lake to the west.
Silver Lake is also home to one of the Sierra's oldest fishing
and vacation resorts. The Silver Lake Resort originally was known
as "Carson's Camp," and has been famous for quality mountain recreation
since the 1920's. The Rush Creek Trailhead is located near the resort
at the north end of the lake, providing trail access to the Rush
Creek Basin, the Ansel Adams Wilderness
and Yosemite National Park. The Rush
Creek Trail interconnects with the Pacific
Crest Trail system and the John
Muir Trail, and the local backcountry is fabulous. At the trailhead,
the Frontier Pack Station is on hand to provide horses and mules,
with packages ranging from local day rides to extended pack trips
into the wilderness.
Grant Lake is by far the largest of the four lakes on the June Lake
Loop, although, as a reservoir on the Los Angeles Aqueduct system,
its level can vary widely. The 12,000-foot elevations of the summit
of Mt Wood loom just above, as do the lush aspen groves of Parker
Bench and the rugged Aerie Crag on the north side of Reversed Peak.
But the lakeshore and immediate surroundings are themselves are
contrastingly somewhat more barren in appearance, with the desert
like sagebrush being the predominant vegetation, and only a few
trees outside of the ones that have been planted in the campgrounds.
On the lake itself, a 10-MPH speed limit is imposed until 10:00
a.m. each day, to accommodate the early morning fishermen. Grant
Lake has long been known as the "home of the German Brown." After
10:00, speedier watercraft may take to the lake, and sports such
as water-skiing, wakeboarding and jet skiing may be enjoyed. Most
of the shoreline is accessible to the public by unpaved roads that
connect to both California Route 158 and U.S. 395. The USDA Forest
Service and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power administer
surrounding lands. There is an absence of private development here,
aside from the Marina and Campground facilities, and there are no
power or telephone lines.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
June Lake Loop Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 2, June Lake, CA 93529
Mammoth Ranger Station and Visitors Center
Highway 203, PO Box 148 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546